Community Affairs Correspondent

Join our team at the Guardian and be a part of a diverse and inclusive global organisation that delivers fearless, investigative journalism, and holds power to account. Our team of award-winning journalists, cutting-edge commercial professionals, and industry-leading digital experts are committed to making a difference and represent a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives. We offer a challenging and exciting environment for career development, with a focus on training, growth and fostering an inclusive culture.

We're now looking for a Community Affairs Correspondent for a 9 month fixed term contract or staff secondment starting November 2023.

This role reflects our commitment to reporting on issues of race, diversity, and inequality and community cohesion. A key focus will be Britain's Black, Asian and ethnic-minority populations, and on racial justice issues more widely.

You'll be London-based but will work alongside our Manchester-based community affairs correspondent, reporting for all of our platforms, including daily news and analysis, news features, multimedia material, and material for non-news sections.

About The Role

  • Produce content (text, audio, etc) for all Guardian and Observer platforms
  • Work as part of the news team to write news articles, features, interviews, and analysis, focusing primarily on stories affecting Britain's Black, Asian and ethnic-minority populations and on wider racial justice issues.
  • Keep up to date with issues across the UK and work with national editors to identify and develop the best possible content
  • Keep editors informed of stories in development
  • Help develop innovative digital storytelling
  • Develop and maintain contacts in your specialist area and, through them, develop exclusive and original material where possible

About You

  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of Black, Asian and ethnic-minority populations and of racial justice issues
  • Strong track record of reporting and feature writing
  • Prior journalistic experience, working in a fast-moving news environment, preferably for a major newspaper, magazine or website
  • Range of contacts
  • A journalism qualification (desirable)
  • UK media law knowledge
  • Ideally, you'll have a demonstrable ability to bring a diverse perspective to this role

We actively encourage applications from candidates who are Black, Asian or minority-ethnic.

How to apply

To apply, please upload your latest CV and a cover letter which outlines why you'd love to take on this role, and why you're a great match for what we're looking for.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 10th August 2023.

All roles at the Guardian are open for everybody to apply. It is important to us that you feel supported and comfortable throughout your recruitment process, in order to perform your best. Please let us know if there are any changes we could make to the recruitment process to make it easier and more comfortable for you. Please contact Sean Brinkley at sean.brinkley@guardian.co.uk to discuss further so we can work with you to support you through your application.

Benefits at the Guardian

Culture & Wellbeing

We want everyone to feel like they belong at the Guardian and we champion diversity of thought. Our various employee forums provide a platform to use their voice to foster an inclusive workplace.

You will also have the opportunity to hear unique insight from our journalists in our morning conference, a live discussion on the news story of the day.

We offer great tools to help you prioritise your wellbeing including free yoga and pilates. These run alongside our corporate gym membership and cycle to work scheme.

Learning & Development

We encourage personal and professional growth. Employees have access to a broad range of tools and solutions, and we are happy to support the pursuit of professional qualifications through vocational courses and apprenticeships.

Our Working Environment

We take pride in our surroundings and are pleased to offer versatile meeting rooms and colourful communal areas. We have a brilliant canteen that caters to breakfast, lunch and dinner, with views overlooking Regent's Canal. Our multi-faith prayer room provides privacy for those who require a safe space when in the office.

Additional Benefits & Policies

We offer 30 days annual leave per annum, plus an additional 5 day holiday purchase scheme. Our pension scheme is generous; if you contribute 5% then we will contribute 8-12% (depending on your age). We believe in giving back, which is why employees are given 2 volunteering days annually and the option of payroll giving. Season ticket loans are also available.

You are entitled to life cover, income protection, healthcare, sick pay and eye tests. You can also opt in to dental insurance.

We have enhanced maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave policies in place. We also support our employees by offering an IVF, menopause, baby loss, and trans equality policy.